Author: Paul Steinberg

perfect ending by Erika Perloff

phone poem

the black lines
of the poem
like a centipede
tracing odd paths

The Myth of Eternal Reccurence

A small bird, gray shot with blue, alights on a pine branch. She lands, looks left then right, spies a small beetle which she pecks up. Behind her, an alder leaf, blown on the...

Anadrome Chorus

Hear now the anadrome song of the salmon
sung in voiceless bubble chorus
loud from source sweet to bitter sea


Somewhere in the Arizona desert, I pull the white whale to a crunching stop on a patch of roadside dirt, on the crest of a small hill, north of Paulden Arizona.
“What are we doing out here?”
“Is something wrong?”
“Hey! What’s going on?”
“Stars,” I say. “We have stopped to see the stars.”

Way Back

We clambered down from the trees
and stood upright,
peering over the horizon
with eyes like ripening apples,


Picking up objects;
morning and evenings
flash of black–
a thief revealed.


How long
since last we touched?
silence cuts through the years
as rock splits water

. . .

Ecce Ego

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

Summer, 2011
I had just turned 50 and I was looking for a pastime, something that would get me out in the wilds, something with a touch of the extreme; more importantly, something that would connect me to the transcendent . . .

Things I like

Oregon Ocean Paddling Society (OOPS)  – Thanks  for everything! Cape Falcon Kayak – Elegant kayaks and a deep blog. Portland Kayak – Want to learn to roll? Call Mike. Alder Creek Kayak – The...

Mer Made

Mermaid and Minotaur meet on the shore of a strange sea.

Voyage of the Pilgrims with Jonathan Walpole

In the summer of 2011, Jonathan Walpole, Kirti Walpole and Jenny Johnson paddled a thousand miles down the west coast of Canada. Starting from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, they followed an exposed outer coast route down to Vancouver Island. From there they switched to the more protected, but still remote and spectacular, inside passage route.

Jason Self

Sustenance Fishing for Sea Kayakers: Using handlines to catch crab and fish while saltwater touring

Though we often forget it, or perhaps are not even aware of it, all kayaks we paddle are descended from boats used as platforms for hunting. Rather it was stalking seals, polar bear or even walruses, a kayak’s purpose was to bring in the nutrients and resources to sustain life of hunting people.

Paul Kuthe -BCU Week and Lumpy Waters – OOPS General Meeting Sept. 25, 2013

Lumpy Waters is a yearly kayak gathering sponsored by Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe. It is held on the Oregon Coast at Pacific City. The event occurs in the fall and takes its name from the unsettled, but still manageable, state of the sea, which has usually just started to rise from its (relative) summer calm. Lumpy waters is one of the premier sea kayak gatherings on the West Coast